Global Director, Global Policy Impact

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WWF International

Within one of WWF's Key Hubs

Role coordinated by:

WWF International

Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the position

Closing Date: 04/03/2024

Building a future in which people live in harmony with nature

WWF, established in 1961, is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation with a global network working in more than 100  countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the decline of our planet’s natural environment and to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. WWF International Secretariat facilitates, and supports the network in the implementation of its global strategies and initiatives, and manages and supports 34 WWF Country Offices. Working with communities, businesses and government, WWF urgently seeks to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable. 

We are currently seeking an exceptional leader with strong management skills to join the Secretariat of WWF International as Global Director of Global Policy Impact (GDGPI). This role presents a rare opportunity for those individuals aspiring to a leadership position with a significant impact in global conservation. WWF International's GDGPI will spearhead policy advocacy and deal-making at the global level in pursuit of our mission and will work closely with the Director General, Global Conservation Division (GCD) Departments, the Network and in coalitions of external partners. This role will report into the Chief Conservation Officer and will be key to influencing global biodiversity and climate policy agendas, guiding flagship policy areas and drive prioritization and implementation within national governments, aligning with WWF's commitment to shaping global frameworks and executing effective national strategies for biodiversity and climate.

This exciting position requiring a determined and passionate individual with deep knowledge of environmental issues and proven experience in high level policy, and advocacy at national and international level. You will build on the successes of WWF to date and have a proven track record of at least 15 years in policy and advocacy, possess a deep understanding of the global policy stage, negotiation processes, and the political economy. Bringing superlative diplomatic, interpersonal and partnership skills, the Global Director of Global Policy Impact will communicate effectively and build relationships with a broad spectrum of individuals at a high level within a broad range of cultural environments, whilst inspiring staff to work collaboratively towards a shared vision and goal. Most importantly, you will bring a deep passion for WWF’s vision and mission and demonstrated commitment to inclusive nature conservation, embracing the WWF values of the organisation: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to: The deadline for applications is Monday 4th March at 9:00 am CET.

The role is ideally based in one of WWF's Key Hubs and the salary is commensurate with the seniority of the role. Candidates must be fluent in English. A working knowledge in French or Spanish are an asset.

For a conversation in confidence, please contact Ryann Schutt on +44 (0) 20 7340 6224 or by emailing at:

Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview in March and the Selection Committee will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist for the post in early April. Following which, final interviews with the Selection Panel will take place in mid-April.